The Department for International Development (DfID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. Our programmes in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Ghana are partially funded with UK aid from the UK government. This funding has enabled us to recruit our first in-country co-ordinators to support our work, which has brought about a step-change in our ways of working, helping us to grow the capability and professionalism of our team. We are extremely grateful to DfID for their fantastic support of our work, for some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children.
Trust and Foundations
The Chalker Foundation’s mission is to achieve positive and sustainable health outcomes for all people in sub-Saharan Africa by working in partnership with organisations that invest in the training of health workers and developing local knowledge and skills in the community. The Chalker Foundation supports training activities for World Child Cancer’s Wilms’ Tumour collaboration across Ghana, Cameroon, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. Each year, approximately 200 children are diagnosed with Wilms’ tumour across the project. Support for training has led to improved service delivery, treatment outcomes, and knowledge-sharing between health workers in the otherwise isolated field of oncology across sub-Saharan Africa. We are hugely grateful to the Foundation for supporting this project.
The Thomas Cook Children’s Charity is committed to improving children’s lives and benefiting the communities in which they live. The Thomas Cook Children’s Charity supported the purchase of 8 vital signs monitors for our programme at the Yangon Children’s Hospital in Myanmar. Purchased in 2016, these machines have freed up time for nurses and doctors, who used to check a child’s vitals manually. These clinical measurements are especially important during the administration of chemotherapy to calculate the appropriate dose. Furthermore, the vital monitors are portable and easily wheeled to children in different wards.
Beazley is a specialist insurance company and has supported World Child Cancer for the last three years. Beazley chooses a cancer charity in memory of the company founder Andrew Beazley. Employees have enthusiastically thrown themselves at fundraising, taking on Britain’s highest peaks in the Three Peak Challenge, run for us, stepped into a boxing ring and baked cakes that compete with the best of Great British Bake off! Beazley’s IT department has also supported World Child Cancer’s IT systems through pro bono collaboration.
BeyondMe is a movement dedicated to strengthen the social sector by tapping into the resources, skills and networks of a community of skilled professionals eager to make a long-term commitment to good causes. In 2017, we are working with a BeyondMe team of individuals from PwC who are helping us to analyse and raise the profile of World Child Cancer, in order to support more children with cancer and their families in the developing world.
Celgene is a global pharmaceutical company focusing on the discovery, development and commercialisation of products for the treatment of cancer and other severe diseases. Whether it’s working to deliver innovative therapies to emerging markets that lack proper infrastructure or relentlessly pursuing regulatory approvals to bring new options to treat rare diseases, Celgene employees are committed to putting patients first.
Celgene employees also demonstrate a real commitment to the patient communities with which they are involved. In 2014, 7 members of staff from the UK office set out to cycle 500km across Malawi to raise money for World Child Cancer. The team embarked on a gruelling four days of intense cycling across tough terrain from Lilongwe to Blantyre. As a result of their fundraising and the time invested for this great cause, the team raised over £45,000 for World Child Cancer.
City Love & Hope Foundation is supporting paediatric oncology at Yangon Children’s Hospital in Myanmar. Their support is helping to reduce the financial burden on patients and their families, providing them with much needed bursaries for travel costs, as well as offering nutritional support in the form of soya milk, eggs and other vital staples. We are hugely grateful to the Foundation, the philanthropic arm of City Mart, for their support of children with cancer in Myanmar.
In 2015, World Child Cancer was delighted to partner with Deutsche Bank as one of their two Charities of the Year. It was a memorable partnership - the Bank's most successful to date - with almost £1 million being raised for World Child Cancer by the generous participation of staff from across the Bank's London and Birmingham offices.
Please click here to read a 2-page case study about the partnership, featuring interviews with Deutsche Bank UK staff.
It was deeply moving and humbling to meet so many staff who had been touched themselves by cancer and were willing to show their support for us by fundraising and volunteering in a huge variety of ways. The legacy of the Bank's support for us is considerable, both in 2016 and beyond, helping us to: support thousands of children with cancer in low and middle income countries; train more specialist healthcare professionals; and raise awareness of childhood cancer in local communities.
Dignitas Business Limousines is Myanmar’s leading limousine company – and will become one of our newest corporate partners through their generous support of a new 2-year education programme for patients and siblings at Yangon Children’s Hospital beginning in Summer 2016. We view this as a vital development, as patients who undergo treatment are forced to miss vital schooling & early years’ development – the educational programme will ensure that they do not fall behind in their social and personal development.
GSK is a science led global healthcare company with a mission to help people do more, feel better, live longer. GSK employees are encouraged to work with the companies not for profit partners to make a difference.
PULSE is a GSK employee skills based volunteering scheme that works with charities around the world. World Child Cancer has been fortunate to work with GSK over the last two years as a PULSE partner. We have had two full time GSK volunteers working with us for six months and have helped us create a cancer patient data base for use in our project hospitals. We have had a GSK communication specialist help us develop our communication skill set.
Knight Harwood is a main contractor, whose primary business is to construct new buildings, alter, refurbish and remodel existing dilapidated buildings, and fit out interior spaces. They have built a reputation for successfully delivering complex schemes through collaboration with many of the best design teams and clients in the country.
Knight Harwood has been a fantastic corporate supporter for several years, fielding a staff team in the Royal Parks Half Marathon and raising thousands of pounds in the process.
For 2017, the company has agreed to be our Lead Sponsor for the Royal Parks Half Marathon, and we are excited about partnering with them on the event!
Nicoll Curtin is a problem solver to the Change and IT recruitment market. They have been supporting World Child Cancer for several years through a range of fundraising and events, and also offer employees a volunteering day each year. Most recently, they moved offices and auctioned off the old furniture and equipment to raise £2,000! We are hugely grateful for their ongoing support of our work.
Price Bailey is an award winning, top 30 accountancy and business advisory firm serving private clients and regional, national and international businesses. With 6 offices across London and the East of England Price Bailey joins together as one office for the annual Charity Day in October to raise awareness and funds for World Child Cancer.
Last October a team cycled from the London office to the Norwich office stopping at each office on the way. Each office competes to organise the most fun team building and fundraising activities. In London a huge treasure hunt through the City caused much hilarity and in Cambridge a fancy dress completion saw ghouls and witches sitting in meeting rooms. The day raised over £20,000 for World Child Cancer. Thank you Price Bailey!
Sailun manufactures and distributes premium, great value tyres in over 50 countries. Sailun supports World Child Cancer through its European distribution network encouraging employee fundraising and awareness. Distributors have been organising their own fundraising events helped by the team at World Child Cancer.
Sandoz is a global leader in generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilars. As a division of the worldwide Novartis Group, their purpose is to discover new ways to improve and extend people’s lives. They contribute to society’s ability to support growing healthcare needs by pioneering novel approaches to help people around the world access high-quality medicine. Their portfolio of over 1000 molecules, covering all major therapeutic areas, accounted for 2015 sales of USD 10.1 billion. In 2015, their products reached more than 500 million patients and they aspire to reach one billion. Sandoz is headquartered in Holzkirchen, in Germany’s Greater Munich area.
Sandoz is supporting the expansion of our satellite centres in the Philippines, a country where many children cannot reach the main treatment centre in Davao because of the long distances over difficult terrain. By creating satellite centres, children will be closer to a cancer treatment centre, enabling us to treat more children across the Philippines.
Click here to read a recent article produced by Sandoz explaining how World Child Cancer looks to address access to cancer care for children living in low-middle income countries.